SLEEP MORE, LOSE MORE
Nowadays everyone wants to know what they need to eat and do to achieve their goals, but let’s face it, the majority of people just want to lose weight and look good naked.
However, many people are not aware of how sleeping more can help with their fat loss goals. In today’s blog I will summarize how sleeping more can promote fat loss.
Lack of sleep = cravings
When you don't get enough sleep you will feel low on energy, when you are low on energy, your body will crave glucose (aka sugar) for energy to help you through the grueling daily tasks. In order to get more glucose, you must eat more glucose, or your body will make it via gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis is where the body generates glucose from certain non-carbohydrate carbon substrates, usually protein, fat, or muscle, in search of glucose to produce energy.
Sleep less = more stress
In addition to searching for energy, your stress hormone (cortisol) is often heightened to allow you to function. Excess cortisol directly contributes to excess belly fat.
As a result of increased cortisol (stress), your body will send hunger signals to the brain to boost insulin to help bring down cortisol, as the two oppose each other. This can lead to overeating. And, of course, unused glucose is eventually stored as body fat.
What does all of this mean? Easy. Make sure you are getting at least seven hours of sleep each night to help keep the cravings at bay and counteract spikes in cortisol by reducing stress levels.
Cameron Rickerby - OPEX CCP